Manitoba Parks has provided the following update today:
Water levels remain high throughout Whiteshell Provincial Park and are continuing to rise. Water levels are higher than normal at Falcon, Caddy, West Hawk, Brereton, Jessica, White Lake and Betula Lakes. With rising water and ice there is potential for damage to infrastructure on the water.
Water is over the road along PR 307 between Betula Lake and White Lake and the highway has been closed by Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure (May 3, 2022). Water is present on the road near Inverness Falls Resort at Brereton Lake.
Water levels are quickly rising on the Winnipeg River due to Lake of the Woods removing logs at their control structure in Kenora. Levels increase by 3.5 inches overnight at Otter Falls. Cottagers from Otter Falls to Nutimik should be advised of increasing water levels.
PR 312 near Caddy Lake continues to have water over the road. Smaller vehicles will not be able to pass and only larger vehicles should attempt.
Culverts have been replaced at the Big Island roadway, road is currently passable and a repair should be completed by the end of day.
Star Lake Road 123 is rough in sections, travel is not recommended for smaller vehicles.
We encourage everyone to check manitoba511.ca before travelling (you can also call 511 anywhere in Manitoba to get updates by phone). Highways may be closed if water continues to rise.
Manitoba Parks staff are working in conjunction with staff from the department of Manitoba, Transportation and Infrastructure to monitor lake levels and adjust control structures where possible depending on how much rain is received. Sandbags for filling and sand are being made available for cottage owners to protect cottages or weigh down docks on a proactive basis at the Betula Ball Diamond, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, West Hawk maintenance yard and the causeway at Falcon Lake.
If cottagers have any questions, concerns or urgent matters please contact Manitoba Parks at 204-340-6769. To report an emergency please contact 911 if located in the South Whiteshell and if in the North Whiteshell contact the Whitemouth RCMP detachment at 204-348-7177.